Tips To Keep The Costs Of Your Public Storage Unit Down

Public storage, though generally inexpensive, can be even more affordable if you know how to control costs and cut corners. The following tips will help you keep the cost of public storage at or under your budgeted amount. 


Before you can store, you have to move in. Depending on how much stuff you have, you may be able to take your items over in your car or truck for only the price of gas. However, if you're planning to put furniture in storage, there's a good chance you won't be able to do all that on your own. Even if you don't plan to put furniture in storage when you rent your unit, once you get started putting your items into public storage, there's a good chance you'll discover one or two bulky items that really need to be brought in a moving truck.

To avoid this expense, many public storage units offer move-in specials that include a free moving truck rental and sometimes labor. Scour the Internet for public storage deals in your area, and call around if you don't find anything. Independent places may be willing to strike a deal to fill empty space.  


Many public storage units require their renters to insure their stuff. Often these storage units will offer coverage through their insurer. However, many renters and homeowners insurance policies cover items placed in storage. Check with your homeowners or renters insurance policy before paying extra to the storage unit's recommended insurance company. Note that many homeowners and renters insurance policies limit the amount of protection given to items placed in storage. If you're worried about the amount of coverage, compare the two policies to decide which is best for you.


Basically every public storage unit will require renters to have a lock on their unit's door. Many pubic storage units will require you to pay for a lock they provide. The markup on these locks will vary from storage facility to storage facility. However, some will facilities allow you to bring your own lock. Call to find out before your move-in date so you can show up on your first day with a padlock of your choice. 


Public storage units charge extra for convenience. As a general rule, drive-up units on the ground floor are premium spaces. Interior units, weirdly shaped units and units with elevator access all cost less. Don't pay for convenience you don't need. If your items are going to be in storage for a long time and you don't plan to access them regularly, call around to find storage units that have inconveniently placed storage units available for a good price.

For more information about how you can save money on your public storage unit, call the public storage unit, like Sentry Mini-Storage Inc, in your area. Customer service representatives at a good facility may have more suggestions.